Widener Law expands its Yellow Ribbon Program to serve more veterans
Public Relations - Published: July 7, 2014
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Widener Law will double the number of students it funds through its participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides financial benefits for veterans pursuing advanced degrees.

The school began participation in the program five years ago by funding up to five students on each of its law campuses. This fall, Widener Law will make the program available for up to 10 students on each campus. The increase comes after the school experienced a growing interest in the program during the 2013-14 academic year and recognized additional slots were necessary to accommodate more veterans.

“This is our way of giving back to veterans,” said Eleanor Kelly, director of the law school financial aid office. “These are individuals who have devoted a significant portion of their lives to promoting American ideals around the world and to keeping us safe at home. This is our chance to invest in them by expanding an already outstanding program.”

The Yellow Ribbon Program is part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. It allows universities to fund additional tuition expenses exceeding the amount of the core benefit provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which is capped at $20,235 for private institutions for the upcoming academic year. Institutions like Widener that participate in the program may contribute up to half the expenses that exceed that base benefit. The Department of Veterans Affairs then matches the amount provided by the institution, which ultimately covers 100 percent of tuition and mandatory fees. The program does not cover room and board or books and supplies.

There is no minimum number of credit hours required for participation and awards continue in subsequent years when students maintain satisfactory progress, conduct and attendance.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled for the 2014-15 academic year, pursuing a juris doctor degree. They must provide a copy of their certificate of eligibility approved for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the rate of 100 percent with at least five months of eligibility remaining.

The 10 slots on each campus are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The school takes applications for the program beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8. Applications are done online to record a date stamp and reserve the applicants’ places in line for benefits.

Those interested also must apply to the VA for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

For more information, visit the Yellow Ribbon Program page on the Widener Law website.

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